International students: After you arrive
Find out about what to do when you arrive, and our support services to help you during your time here.
Listen to advice from our current international students.
Important first steps
Make sure you complete the below steps as soon as you can after you have arrived.
If you needed a visa to come to the UK, check it to find out if you need to register with the police. If you do need to register with the police, you must do this within 7 days after arriving.
Open a bank account
You will need a bank letter from the University to open a bank account. You can get a bank letter when you register in person if you are living in University accommodation. If you are living in private rented accommodation, the University will only give you a bank letter if you have a tenancy agreement (a contract between you and the person who owns the house).
Opening a bank account can take some time, so make sure you have access to enough money to keep you going. However don't bring a lot of cash with you, as there is a risk it could be lost or stolen.
Register with a doctor
You should register with a GP (doctor) when you arrive in the UK so there is no delay in getting an appointment when you need one.
You can find a GP (doctor) and get more information on health care for international students from the Students' Health Service.
Tell us if you have a health condition or disability
If you have a health, mental health issue or a disability in the UK you may get help with equipment, extra time in exams, study support or other support to help you achieve your potential.
Ask our Disability Services team, so they can make sure you get what you need from the very beginning. This will not impact on your place to study here.
There are a range of welcome events to welcome you to university, help you settle in and provide opportunities to make new friends.
International Welcome Lounge
Visit the International Welcome Lounge on the fourth floor of The Richmond Building during September and January arrival periods.
Opening times: 10am - 4pm. 9 to 13 September and 15 to 27 September.
Get support with finding accommodation, opening a bank account, meeting other students or just come for a cup of tea and some snacks.
Join exciting trips and activities too. There will be more details about these closer to the time.
Free support services
Find out about our free support services open to all students.
Get to know the campus by taking a self-guided walk, narrated by current students.